This walk takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the usual crowded Westminster tourist haunts, into uncrowded gardens, yards, squares and parks. There’s lots of history too – you start with places relating to such diverse people as the Grand Old Duke of York, Von Ribbentrop, Florence Nightingale, Mr Selfridge, de Gaulle, Lord Kitchener and the old Queen Mother. The royal connection remains with an unusual view of Buckingham Palace. There’s also the best street of beautiful 300 year old Queen Anne houses in London, which still retain lots of elements of early 1700’s London. There’s also an old secret service building, a famous hall connected to the world’s greatest Victorian philanthropist, a Suffragette memorial, a famous school, the venue of the first football match, TE Lawrence’s pad, a memorial to the end of slavery and the square where the father of investigative journalism lived. And once over the river in Lambeth we get a great view of the Houses of Parliament, and also see Lambeth Palace and where Charlie Chaplin got the idea for his little tramp character. We also the first pottery factory and where Lambeth Walk of the song fame is situated. And we recommend finishing in a choice of two lovely cafes in the area.
Start Admiralty Arch
Finish Theatre Tea House Cafe or Garden Museum Cafe Lambeth, or a choice of several tube stations